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LinuxChix is an international group of Free Software users and developers, founded in 1999 with the aim of "supporting women in Linux." Founder Deb Richardson described it as an alternative to the "locker room atmosphere" found in some online technical forums and gave LinuxChix two core rules: "be polite" and "be helpful".

LinuxChix has been continually active for eight years and its forums have attracted over one thousand members worldwide. In addition, it has over fifteen active regional chapters, including LinuxChix Africa, LinuxChix India and LinuxChix Brazil. LinuxChix members range from novice Linux users to Linux kernel developers and technical and project leads.

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Media release: 2007-04-09 Women's technical group LinuxChix announces new leader

DATE: 9 April 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Mary Gardiner
media@linuxchix.org
www.linuxchix.org

Women's technical group LinuxChix announces new leader

The women's technical group LinuxChix has appointed a new international coordinator, Mary Gardiner, replacing previous coordinator Jenn Vesperman, who resigned after six years running the organization.

Mary Gardiner's primary focus as coordinator will be on forming a closer relationship with the regional chapters, enabling the LinuxChix community to better reach potential and existing women Free Software users worldwide. Gardiner will also be investigating other ways that LinuxChix can reach a larger audience and help its members engage with the Free Software community. She intends to be coordinator of LinuxChix for two years. Gardiner, a resident of Sydney, Australia and a postgraduate student in computing, has been active as a volunteer in LinuxChix since 2000.

Mary Gardiner was chosen as the new coordinator by her predecessor Jenn Vesperman from among three candidates -- the others were Terri Oda and Noirin Plunkett -- following discussion and an indicative vote by the LinuxChix volunteer community. Jenn Vesperman stated that "Mary, Noirin, Terri: your peers respect you and trust you and think you would all three do a great job... This is probably the hardest single choice in my tenure: but at least I can't make a wrong choice. It's just a choice between good choices." After announcing Mary Gardiner as her replacement Vesperman concluded by asking the community to also congratulate Oda and Plunkett on being close seconds.

Mary Gardiner will be the third LinuxChix coordinator, following Deb Richardson, who founded LinuxChix in 1999 and ran it until 2001, and Jenn Vesperman, who ran LinuxChix from May 2001 until March 2007. LinuxChix thanks Jenn Vesperman for her hard work as coordinator of LinuxChix over the last six years.

About LinuxChix

LinuxChix is an international group of Free Software users and developers, founded in 1999 with the aim of "supporting women in Linux." Founder Deb Richardson described it as an alternative to the "locker room atmosphere" found in some online technical forums and gave LinuxChix two core rules: "be polite" and "be helpful".

LinuxChix has been continually active for eight years and its forums have attracted over one thousand members worldwide. In addition, it has over fifteen active regional chapters, including LinuxChix Africa, LinuxChix India and LinuxChix Brazil.

For additional information on LinuxChix or its new coordinator contact media@linuxchix.org or visit www.linuxchix.org.

Media information: Background information on Free and Open Source Software

Free and Open Source Software (also refered to by its acronym 'FOSS', or merely 'Free Software' or 'Open Source Software') are computer programs where the source code — the instructions that tell the computer what to do — are freely shared by programmers, and can be changed and redistributed by other programmers.

Free and Open Source Software are developed both by corporations such as Red Hat and Canonical and by individual hobbyist programmers. Free Software spans the range from mission critical server software through to games and user applications. Notable Free and Open Source Software includes the Linux operating system, the Apache webserver, the Firefox web browser and the OpenOffice.org office suite.

See the Free Software definition for a full description of the properties of Free Software.

Media information: Background information on Linux

What is Linux?

Linux is computer software: an operating system, the piece of software which runs the computer itself and allows other programs to run on top of it.

Linux is an open source, Unix-like operating system. It is a very effective operating system for both servers and desktops. Most Linux distributions are free, or are sold for a price that covers the cost of distribution and sometimes support.

For more information about Linux, see Linux.org.